Here at Gumstix, we strive to support design
engineers throughout the life cycles of their products. We recently
introduced some product line changes which apparently have been causing
some confusion so I hope I can clarify these changes.
First and most importantly, Gumstix needed to address the expected
end-of-life of the Marvell PXA255 in 2009 (basix and connex). Our new
*Verdex Pro* product line is based on the PXA270 processor. Gumstix
Engineers included the best of the basix, connex and verdex products in
the verdex pro with as much backward compatibility as we could
reasonably attain. In doing this verdex pro product line, we also eliminated use of the 120-pin
connector which has been discontinued by Molex.
Second, Gumstix created a product category at gumstix.com called *Phasing Out* to let designers be aware in advance of these product changes to basix, connex and verdex.
These products being phased out are NOT end-of-life. As of January,
2009, basix, connex and verdex (not verdex pro) products will not be
available for web-based purchasing in quantity 1. Most of these
products will remain available for volume purchasing via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third, Gumstix is introducing Overo, a really exciting new generation
of products based on Texas Instruments OMAP 35x applications
processors. The Overo products address a few of the biggest complaints
against our products: including mechanical stability, USB high speed,
and floating point in hardware. Overo Earth, the first motherboard in
the line, is now available at gumstix.com.
If you have designed a product that requires anything that we have not foreseen or if want to discuss this further, please let us know.
I hope this note clarifies our changes and demonstrates where Gumstix is going to support your product plans.